Project Sarasota: LGBTQ History
Florida Governor Reubin Askew signs bill to ban gays from marriage and adopting children in Florida.
Democrats become the first major political party to endorse a homosexual rights platform
Florida Amendment 2 passes which defines marriage as "a union only between one man and one woman".
The Venice City Council unanimously passes nondiscrimination protections, including protections for LGBT individuals.
Then Governor Farris Bryant selected Sarasota to host an eight-county education forum on "homosexual criminals".
In One, Inc. v. Olesen, the U S Supreme Court rules in favor of the First Amendment rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) magazine.
“The Purple Pamphlet” was published by the FL Investigative Committee with intent to persuade the state legislature to adopt anti-homosexual laws.
Local package alcohol store, "Dixie Lee's", includes anti-gay sentiments in advertisements in the Sarasota News.
Charlie's Newsstand in Sarasota was fined $200 for "selling and possessing obscene literature" which contained themes of "homosexuality".
Bob Damron publishes his first book of gay bars from his travels throughout the United States. The "Bob Damron Address Book" fit in the palm of a hand.
The Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village, was raided by police. These riots were pivotal in reigniting America's modern LGBT rights movement.
Homosexuality removed from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental illnesses.
ALSO for Gay Youth Inc. was incorporated as a local nonprofit organization in Sarasota County in response to the high rates of suicide by gay and lesbian teens.
Sarasota realtor, Donald Geikie, founds the Gay Real Estate Executive Network (GREEN). Membership includes professionals throughout the real estate industry.
FL Governor and A.G. drop fight to ban Frank Martin Gill and his partner from adopting their foster children effectively ending the ban on same-sex adoption.
Founded by Robert Donaldson, the Purple Rhino Lodge, a membership-based gay bar, opens.
A U.S. District Court finds a FL law banning same-sex marriage and blocking recognition of same-sex marriages is a violation of the 14th Amendment.
City of Sarasota passes amendment to include transgender protections to human rights ordinance when it comes to public accommodations, housing and employment.
Marriage equality becomes the law of the land! The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in all 50 states.
A bill passed the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate repealed a 1868 ban on cohabitation between unmarried couples.
The Bradenton City Council passed a resolution to congratulate singer Anita Bryant in her campaign against homosexuality.
2015 City of Sarasota referendum to include Transgender and gender inclusive as protected community under non discrimination act.
2009 Asolo OUT night begins
2008 PRIDE By the Bay at
Van Wezel over 11,000 attending
2005 GREEN Gay Real Estate Executive Network founded by Donald Geikie, still functioning.
Ken Shelin first elected openly gay City Commissioner for Sarasota.